Hello, lovely knitters. Regardless of your thoughts on the new direction our country might be headed, I believe strongly that everyone can agree on two things.
One This change came for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that the people struggling in this country feel like they can't find a way out. They didn't benefit from the economic trends of the Obama administration and they don't see educational opportunities in their futures -- and they feel like they haven't for a long time. A thousand of these individual struggles created an opening for one big movement.
Two Many programs that focused on helping the poor and many policies that promoted education will struggle to have a voice in the years ahead. As priorities, they have not been part of the conversation that's entering our White House right now.
I'll insert a hat photo so you don't click away yet. I know you are here for knitting part. It's coming.
As I process my own feelings about all of this, I find it really important to find ways to counteract the things I am afraid of, and I feel that organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood and Big Sister/Big Brother will find support and be heard by people who care. It's smaller organizations I fear for. Organizations on the ground in all of these cities and communities where people need something to be hopeful about.
Plus, I strongly believe that education is the answer to so much of this. As a mother of a daughter in the midst of our own college process, I'm finding the challenges to both get to and afford school are many. And I'm a lucky one. My emotions are all over the place and I can sit here and say all kinds of things, or I can do something. I plan on doing lots of things in the future, but here is a small one. And as a knitter, I know lots of small actions will make a strong fabric.
My new pattern, Rob Roy, is knit is Dami Hunter's beautiful Magpie Fibers Domestic wool. I am donating 20% of all sales on the pattern and Dami is donating 20% of all sales on the yarn for the next two weeks to Women of Tomorrow, a charity that helps at risk girls in inner city public schools get to college. They focus on mentoring and scholarships and they do wonderful, important work. Even if you don't feel like knitting the pattern, maybe check them out and give them a bit of support?
If you buy two skeins of yarn, you can knit the hat twice, as I did. It can be worn either snug and folded or long and slouchy, or you can give one away or you can just have fun pairing two of Dami's beautiful colors together. And knitting cables is kind of comfort food.
The pattern is up on Ravelry for $5.50 and all the details are on the pattern page. The Ravelry code is LOVE.
I'm sorry if anyone is annoyed at my vague/not so vague political thoughts, but at the end of the day, I just think we all need to be actually, physically involved in helping to change the things that worry us. It makes me feel better to do so -- and since I have this space with a few people who listen, it makes me feel better to say so as well.